Billy Corgan Talks Bands Playing Old Albums: ‘It Smacks Of Consumerism’


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan continued his criticism of bands who play their old albums from front to back live in a new interview with Rolling Stone, something that he has been doing for several years.

“The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism,” Billy Corgan tells Rolling Stone. “That stuff is the dregs of the music business. I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it.”

Corgan later added that fans have ‘already grown bored’ with it.

“I’m not gonna go out there and hack around just to reclaim some light that I don’t feel has gone out. The light is still in my eyes. I’m still more than capable of producing new work. I wrote a new song this morning and that’s what I’m out here doing.”

Corgan has also criticized reunions in the past, including a feud with Soundgarden in 2012.

“There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money,” he observed. “Playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they’re thinking there might be a future. I am not in that business, obviously.”

Corgan focused specifically on the Soundgarden reunion, saying, “When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”